The Presidency is Non-Linear

We live in a world defined by complexity. Much of what we are able to achieve in our day to day lives, which would have seemed magical just two generations ago, is the result of endless entanglement with people living and working and dreaming elsewhere. Technology and communication as we now know them require inputs…

UNFCCC Stakeholder Participation Reform Proposal

Submission from Citizens’ Climate Education on ways to enhance participation of non-Party stakeholders in the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. This proposal is built around the same core structure as our submission made 21 May 2016, at request of the Secretariat, for inclusion in the Facilitator’s Report on the…

Science is a National Security Imperative

Sound science and the free flow of facts are a national security imperative. Without genuine investigation, a willingness to discover evidence, and ways to ensure that reliable, useful, accurate information is moving freely, everyone is less able to know which choices will have which ramifications, and so everyone is less able to make informed choices…

Climate Solvency: Human Rights as Drivers of Future Thriving

The following essay is based on my intervention at the CNDH Maroc Special Event on Human Rights and Climate Change, held on 6 November 2016, in Marrakech.  Climate disruption itself is a human rights issue. The state of our climate system is a lens through which to read progress on human rights at all levels, in…

4 Ways to Accelerate Carbon Pricing

In Marrakech, the work of implementing the Paris Agreement moved forward in important ways. The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition and the World Bank are supporting a new High-Level Economic Commission chaired by Lord Nicholas Stern and by Nobel Economics Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. The commission will study critical questions relating to innovation and deployment of optimal carbon…

Climate, Peace & Security Knowledge Graph

The Peace Synapse graph: Thinking through climate, peace and security connections in the real world This stunning image is actually a map of knowledge connections, between people, institutions, climate change impacts, and related response scenarios. It is a global knowledge graph (GKG) of climate, peace and security connections, running from January 2009 through 2016. Because…

Playing with Dragons

Why we choose the burden of outdated power structures The modern age opened with the advent of modern science and a deliberative effort to demonstrate truth with examination of evidence. Modern democratic processes emerged from this break with feudal history. Today, we are living in post-modern times—the period after modern breakthroughs became the general foundation…

The Poet’s Duty

by Pablo Neruda To whomever hears not the crashing of waves this Friday morning who being locked in a home or office factory or coal mine or side street romance or dry prison cell: to them unspeaking and blind the poet attends opening the door that has shut them in where endlessness can be heard…

Why We Love the Villanova Wildcats

Unselfish excellence & a commitment to always-active learning The Historic 2016 Season The Villanova University men’s basketball team not only won the 2016 NCAA National Championship; they did so with elegance, grace under pressure, and a deep commitment to quality ethical play. The easiest thing you can say about why the Villanova Wildcats are a…

The Emerging Empowerment Economy

All the building we have to do… For many years, the engineers of the United States have warned that infrastructure urgently needs trillions of dollars in routine maintenance, and trillions more in updates and upgrades. Infrastructure is the shared framework on which we build a thriving economy. Businesses of all sizes are able to compete…

Gratitude

We make our way in the world through individual choice and group dynamics, but we don’t make everything we experience. Much of what we call our “world” is inherited—some good, some bad. We have inherited from the evolution of a brilliantly complex cosmos natural systems that sustain life. These include local ecosystems, regional watersheds, and…

The Politics of Exigency

Fierce Urgency & Democracy Rooted in Deep Principle Exigency is an immediate state of pervasive intense demand on our attention. “Exigent circumstances” are considered to be both emergent and critical enough to override one’s normal free will and moral decision-making. Under extreme pressures, the argument goes, one is less able to “live up to” the…